Sunday, November 14, 2010

PREGAME!

All Via ESPN: For up to the minute actives/inactives check out ESPN here.

RB Joseph Addai (neck): Inactive
WR Bernard Berrian (groin): Active
WR Percy Harvin (ankle): Active
WR Andre Johnson (ankle): Active
TE Jacob Tamme (back): Active
QB Vince Young (ankle): Active, but No. 2 QB

11:54 a.m. ET -- Austin Collie inactive, Blair White active -- The Indianapolis Star reports that WR Austin Collie (concussion) is inactive, while WR Blair White (shoulder) is active. White will serve as the team's slot receiver, with Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon starting on the outside. Brandon James and Chris Brooks will serve as depth. Don't expect much from White; tight end Jacob Tamme might get the most significant target-total boost as a result of the team's injuries.
11:54 a.m. ET -- Jacob Tamme active -- The Indianapolis Star reports that TE Jacob Tamme (back) is active for the Colts. His questionable tag might have some of his owners wary about his chances for success this week, but they should ignore that. With Austin Collie out and Blair White perhaps playing at less than 100 percent, Tamme should see a slew of targets, maybe 10 or more. Tamme is a solid fantasy play in all formats.
11:51 a.m. ET -- Lee Evans active -- The Bills' official website reports that WR Lee Evans (ankle) is active. He's a fine No. 3 fantasy option facing the Lions.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Chris Johnson active -- ESPN Blogs AFC South reports that RB Chris Johnson (thigh) is active for the Titans, as expected. We love what the arrival of Randy Moss could do to Johnson's fantasy potential, as it'll keep opposing defenses honest. It's why we have Johnson our No. 3 fantasy running back for the week.
11:46 a.m. ET -- Kenny Britt inactive -- ESPN Blogs AFC South confirms that WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) is inactive for the Titans. He'll be out a few more weeks, leaving Randy Moss as the Titans' top deep threat (something Moss will be even after Britt's return, really). Moss is the top fantasy play of the bunch, with Nate Washington more of a No. 3/4 option.
11:44 a.m. ET -- Joseph Addai, Mike Hart inactive -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that both RBs Mike Hart (ankle) and Joseph Addai (neck) are inactive for the Colts. Donald Brown was already declared the starter earlier in the week, and with both the Nos. 1 and 3 running backs on the depth chart sidelined, Brown should get enough carries to warrant low-level No. 2/flex-play status (we ranked him 21st, for example). Javarris James will be Brown's backup.
11:42 a.m. ET -- Vince Young active, No. 2 QB -- ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that QB Vince Young (ankle) is active and will be the Titans' backup quarterback. Kerry Collins was previously announced as the starter, and this news makes Collins a less-appealing fantasy option, as Young might see some time during the game. Avoid both if you can.
11:42 a.m. ET -- Mike Goodson to start -- The Rock Hill Herald confirms that RBs DeAngelo Williams (foot), Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle), the team's Nos. 1, 2 and 4 running backs on the depth chart, are all inactive for the Panthers. That sets up No. 3 man Mike Goodson to start, with Josh Vaughan and Andre Brown serving as his backups. Thanks to his pass-catching ability, Goodson should be a worthwhile No. 2/flex (we ranked him 25th for the week), though he might cede goal-line carries to either of his backups.
11:40 a.m. ET -- Colt McCoy to start (again) -- The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Colt McCoy will be the Browns' starting quarterback yet again, while QB Jake Delhomme (ankle) is inactive. QB Seneca Wallace (ankle) is active and will serve as the backup. McCoy's matchup against the Jets is unfavorable, so look elsewhere for a fantasy quarterback.


11:37 a.m. ET -- Mario Williams active -- The Texans' official website reports that DE Mario Williams (groin) is active. He was Jim McCormick's No. 7 defensive lineman in his "D Up!" ratings, so make sure to get him in there in IDP formats.
11:35 a.m. ET -- Matt Schaub active -- The Texans' official website reports that QB Matt Schaub (ribs) is active. The only defense worse than Schaub's own Texans at preventing quarterbacks from rolling up fantasy points is the opposing Jaguars, so Schaub, naturally, is a top play facing this matchup. The Jaguars also lost DE Aaron Kampman (knee) to injured reserve in the past week, so Schaub's matchup only looks sweeter.
11:35 a.m. ET -- Andre Johnson active -- The Texans' official website reports that WR Andre Johnson (ankle) is active. He was listed as questionable but confirmed by coach Gary Kubiak as playing, so don't sweat the injury listing even if he's slightly less than at full health. After all, he's facing the worst defense in football at preventing wide receivers fantasy points, so he should have a field day here.
xx a.m. ET -- Owen Daniels inactive -- The Texans' official website confirms that TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) is inactive. Talk that the Texans will shut him down until he's 100 percent makes it sound like he's going to miss multiple games, so feel free to cut him if you need the roster spot. Joel Dreessen and James Casey will share the tight-end duties as they did in Week 9, and if you must pick one as a plug-in, make it Dreessen, who had more targets (8-6), catches (5-4) and fantasy points (6-4) of the two in that game.
11:34 a.m. ET -- Earnest Graham inactive -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that RB Earnest Graham (hamstring) is inactive, as expected. He's not a fantasy consideration anyway; LeGarrette Blount is the Bucs back you want facing the Panthers. Cadillac Williams might merely get a few more touches as a result of Graham's absence.
11:34 a.m. ET -- Kellen Winslow active -- The Buccaneers' official website reports that TE Kellen Winslow (knee) is active. He's in the midst of a terribly disappointing season, but perhaps a matchup with the lowly Panthers will get him back on the map? They've allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, and four scores to the position the past three weeks combined. Of course, Winslow had only eight points in these teams' Week 2 meeting, so don't get your hopes up for much more.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Carson Palmer active -- The Bengals' official website reports that QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder) is active, as expected. He's making the most of his veteran receivers, and will probably need to keep doing so in a game that might very well transform into a shootout early. He's a fine fantasy option this week.
11:33 a.m. ET -- Chad Ochocinco active -- The Bengals' official website reports that WR Chad Ochocinco (ankle) is active. It'll be interesting to see whether his Week 9 invisibility was more of a product of the defensive matchups or a clear shift in the game plan, but at this point it does seem clear he's a distant No. 2 to Terrell Owens in the pecking order. Still, there should be enough targets to go around in games like this to keep Ochocinco a worthwhile play as a No. 3 fantasy wide receiver.
11:30 a.m. ET -- Brett Favre active -- The Vikings' official website reports that QB Brett Favre (ankle) is active, as expected. No threat to his consecutive-games streak here. However, he's a mediocre fantasy play for the week, as the Bears have allowed an NFL-low five passing scores all season, not to mention his wide receivers have been battling nagging injuries throughout the week.
11:30 a.m. ET -- Percy Harvin active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WR Percy Harvin (ankle) is active. There was some worry about his status -- he was listed as questionable -- entering Sunday due to his ankle injury as well as his continuing migraine issues, but word that Sidney Rice would remain on PUP another week made it likely Harvin would grit it out. Harvin had a solid Week 9 working with Brett Favre and while the Bears tend not to surrender too many big passing plays or scores, there should still be enough here to keep the receiver a worthwhile No. 2/3 option (we ranked him 17th).
11:30 a.m. ET -- Bernard Berrian active -- The Vikings' official website reports that WR Bernard Berrian (groin) is active. His questionable status has us wondering whether he'll be playing at 100 percent, and besides, we're not believers that his Week 9 is a more relevant indicator than the seven games before it. If you can, avoid him.
11:24 a.m. ET -- Kerry Collins to start -- ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that Kerry Collins will get the start for the Titans. There was some talk that Vince Young (ankle) might get the nod, but Collins was the one who got all the first-team reps in practice. Randy Moss is making his debut after a week working primarily with Collins, so that might have had a bit to do with the decision. Collins only warrants fantasy attention if you're in a pinch.

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